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Are they a throwback fad or has the craftsmanship/technology taken leaps and bounds that makes it a popular material once again?
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I'm sure others will weigh in with good answers, but if you're interested, check out the Itinerant Angler podcast (website or itunes). Back in November they interviewed Cameron Mortenson of the Fiberglass Manifesto and give a lot of great information.
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A lot of the love for 'glass has to do with the durability which makes them great bushwhacking rods and the action some people prefer in certain situations.
In workmanship they run the gamut just like graphite rods.
In technology I'm sure the resins and the technology in using the resins has kept pace with the times.
The fact that T&T, Tom Morgan, RL Winston, Scott and others have had 'glass rod offerings lately makes me think there must be a demand for them. I know of plenty of places in tight streams where the attributes of fiberglass shine over other materials.
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On a similar note, I was hoping someone could chime in on how do the new mass market glass rods compare to the old Phillipson glass rods? I've fished the hell out of the Swamp Fox fiberglass rod my Dad handed down to me, but it's time to replace it.
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Love glass rods; a 'Poor Man's' Bamboo.

Steve Gotshall (custom fly line maker here in Medford) got his hands on a half dozen 11' footers (no idea who rolled same) and made some 'switch rods' out of same. I was lucky enough to get one and it's a total delight to cast/fish.

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On a similar note, I was hoping someone could chime in on how do the new mass market glass rods compare to the old Phillipson glass rods? I've fished the hell out of the Swamp Fox fiberglass rod my Dad handed down to me, but it's time to replace it.
I don't know jack about modern glass rods, but the Phillipsons were top of the line. I wouldn't be too quick to retire it if I were you.
I have a Phillipson "Royal Wand" sitting next to me right now that I was thinking of selling at the club tag sale tomorrow.
I know that I could get 3 times what I payed for it... easily.
They're very popular.
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Default Re: Glass Rods?

TFM has a nice post up today about whats in store in 2013 for glass rods, including some big box manufacturers getting back into it.

THere are a lot of indi manufacturers putting out great tapers.

Its just a matter of whether you're willing to embrace change...which as everyone knows, is one of the hardest things for folks familiar with one way of doing something, to overcome....

Personally. I"m a fan. DOnt own highend glass (just cgrs) but i'm definitely open to new iterations
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A lot of the love for 'glass has to do with the durability which makes them great bushwhacking rods and the action some people prefer in certain situations.
In workmanship they run the gamut just like graphite rods.
In technology I'm sure the resins and the technology in using the resins has kept pace with the times.
The fact that T&T, Tom Morgan, RL Winston, Scott and others have had 'glass rod offerings lately makes me think there must be a demand for them. I know of plenty of places in tight streams where the attributes of fiberglass shine over other materials.
Add Carry Burkheimer to the above list. He still rolls the blanks for several 'custom' rod builders.
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